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Now available from Aspekt
Pierik, Perry. Hongarije 1944-1945: De Vergeten Tragedie. Aspekt, 1995.
Pierik, Perry. Van Leningrad tot Berlijn: Nederlandse Vrijwilligers in Dienst van de Duitse Waffen-SS, 1941-1945. Aspekt, 1995.
Both in Dutch.
Joslen, Lieutenant Colonel H. F. Orders of Battle: Second World War, 1939-1945. London: London Stamp Exchange, 1990.
Benicia Books has uploaded its current inventory of used books, including a good selection of "late arrival" titles. Michael may not have the largest selection, but he always seems to have some choice books, this time including some very desirable regimental histories and New Zealand official history volumes. Be sure to check out his pages.
Bruce Halsted's catalog #63, recently uploaded to his Old Army website, is now available in paper format.
Two mail order booksellers with significant WWII inventory have recently come to our attention and may now be found on our Dealer Directory page:
The Antiquarian Archive in Los Altos, California, "Purveyors of Twice-Loved Volumes Quaint and Curious"
John Spangler Professional Services in Salt Lake City, Utah, "Serving Collectors and Students of Firearms and Military History"
Foreman, John. The Fighter Command War Diaries. Walton-on-Thames, England: Air Research, 1997. Volume one of the oft-delayed four-volume account of RAF Fighter Command with daily operational records, losses, and claims. Due for publication on 30 May.
Lance and Judith Frickensmith of World War II Books in Illinois (not to be confused with World War II Books in the UK) will be out of the office for the next few days and unavailable to respond to orders and other email messages.
Now available from LSU
Standifer, Leon C. Not in Vain: A Rifleman Remembers World War II. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1992.
Book search engine
Graham Palmer of World War II Books has added an experimental book search engine to his website. This new tool allows visitors to enter all or part of an author's name or book title and almost instantaneously find all the matching volumes in his online database of more than 4000 Second World War titles. Hot stuff.
Pitts, Jack. P-47 Pilot: Scared, Bored, & Deadly. San Antonio, TX: Pitts Enterprises, 1995.
Paul Gaudette Books
Gaudette has distributed its catalog for April 1997. In addition to categories for World War I, Korea, and Vietnam, it contains books falling under the following headings: Prisoners and Escapes, Naval Aviation, and Recent Arrivals. Also the usual assortment of other miscellaneous titles, particularly in WWII aviation.
Online inventory update
Bruce Halsted has uploaded his mail order catalog #63 to his website and you are cordially invited to browse through his hundreds of military history titles.
The Naval and Military Press
Not a publisher, but a mail order supplier of books covering all periods of warfare, their catalog #24 covers some of their special books and special prices, or you can see their entire inventory online.
Military Book Club
For May 1997, offering of Hitler's Enforcers by James Lucas, Ardennes 1944 by James R. Arnold, Bloody Skies by Melvin McGuire and Robert Hadley, and Dictionary of the Second World War by Wheal, Pope, and Tayler.
Aberdeen Books of Fort Collins announces the grand opening of its new website featuring hundreds of WWII titles. These are all new books from a wide assortment of publishers and almost all are offered at 10% off retail. Be sure to take a look and send Tom a welcome message.
Now available from Pacifica Press
Blackburn, Tom and Eric Hammel. The Jolly Rogers: The Story of Tom Blackburn and Navy Fighting Squadron VF-17. Pacifica, CA: Pacifica Press, 1997.
Hammel, Eric. Carrier Clash: The Invasion of Guadalcanal & the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, August 1942. Pacifica, CA: Pacifica Press, 1997.
Germany and the Second World War, volume 4: The Invasion of the Soviet Union, which had already slipped from its January publication date, has now slipped from April 20th to "sometime in May".
Mark C. Yerger of Lancaster, PA has over the last few years been making quite a name for himself with his steady stream of historical studies of the SS. Recently he was kind enough to send us several of his books and we have thus taken this opportunity to present a survey of his works.
Now available from Aspekt
Pierik, Perry. Hungary 1944-1945: The Forgotten Tragedy. Nieuwegein, The Netherlands: Aspekt. 1995. Germany's final offensives during World War II and the destruction of Europe's last remaining Jewish community.
More from Dabney
Less than a week after sending out its 72-page World War Two catalog, Q. M. Dabney has mailed its 60-page Aviation History catalog. Of the hundreds of books found therein, a significant number are WWII-related although the catalog covers all aspects of aviation. Many manuals, air unit histories, and specialized air topics.
Now available from Presidio Press
Fugate, Bryan and Lev Dvorestsky. Thunder on the Dnepr: Zhukov, Stalin and the Defeat of Hitler's Blitzkrieg. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1997. How the Soviets stopped Operation Barbarossa.
Selling your books
Stone & Stone Second World War Books is and has always been a free website devoted to helping readers, researchers, collectors, veterans, and hobbyists find and acquire non-fiction World War II-related books. In doing so, we also help publishers and dealers sell their non-fiction WWII-related titles.
Now we are also able to help individuals sell a few used WWII books or even entire WWII book collections to mail order military booksellers. These are the guys who are constantly scouting for fresh inventory to offer their customers, and you may have just what they're looking for. If you're culling your library or liquidating it, just visit our newly opened selling webpage for further information and a link to the forms for automatically submitting your books for sale to dozens of mail order military booksellers around the world. As usual, this is a free, no-obligation service of Stone & Stone.
And, as always, if you are a book publisher, a book dealer, an author, or if you have self-published a book about the Second World War, we can provide you with a free listing on our Directory pages, add your books to our Bibliography, and help make our visitors aware of your titles. Now it's easier than ever to do all that. Just visit the selling webpage for more information and for links to the appropriate online forms, send us the appropriate information, and we'll make all the arrangements.
We constantly strive to improve and expand the services offered here, so please let us know what else we can do to help you. Thanks for visiting our website.
Imprimatur Books in Australia announces the recent purchase of an extensive collection of books covering the Third Reich: Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, and more. The entire inventory can be browsed at their website. Remember, prices at Imprimatur are quoted in Australian dollars, which makes these especially attractive to American buyers.
Clad in its customary red cover (do I always phrase it that way?), the latest catalog from Military Bookman -- Spring 1997 -- has arrived with a cornucopia (I know I don't always phrase it that way) of used WWII books. Just as Jack and Jane Faber rotate titles according to the last name of the author, so Harris and Margaretta Colt rotate their massive inventory according to topic.
This catalog contains, among others, Women in War, Manuals, Fortifications, the Spanish Civil War, the American Air Force in World War II, Royal Air Force and Luftwaffe, Naval Aviation and the War in the Pacific, the Fall and Occupation of Western Europe, and Africa, Italy & Balkans.
Great stuff, but Bookman still has no email or website, so you will need to get their address or phone number from our Bookseller Directory and contact them the old-fashioned way.
From Articles of War
From Millwood, New York comes catalog #56 produced by Jack and Jane of J. H. Faber Books. As always, they feature "military, naval, aviation, and world history" material, comprising almost entirely used copies.
Faber Books holds an inventory of about 8000 titles, but can include only a fraction in each catalog. Thus, they cycle through them alphabetically with each mailing. Their previous list finished the alphabet with authors whose last names begin with "X", "Y", and "Z" while this catalog starts a new cycle with authors whose last names begin with "A" and "B". Jack and Jane explain that this part of the alphabet -- and thus a big chunk of their inventory -- was last included in one of their catalogs in 1993!
Lots of great books in catalog #56, but if you want to find out about authors with names from "C" through "Z", you'll need to contact the Fabers.
Catalogue #485 from Q. M. Dabney & Co., "Old, Used, Rare and Out-of-Print Books on World War II", extends to 72 pages and includes their typical broad assortment of WWII titles. Loads of official histories, unit histories, and scholarly works as well as popular histories and personal accounts.
Among the titles that caught my eye: a complete set of The Army Air Forces in World War II, a complete set of first editions of Reports of General MacArthur, a complete set of first editions of the British official History of the Second World War: Grand Strategy, an even hundred titles from the Ballantine Illustrated History of World War II, more than three dozen volumes of the Strategic Bombing Survey, and a wartime malaria pamphlet by Dr. Seuss.
We recently received a brochure advertising a pair of new titles from a military publisher and after some consideration have decided not to provide them with our usual free promotion and publicity on this webpage.
Instead, let's take this opportunity to remind everyone that our goal is to study World War II, not to glamorize it or worship its perpetrators. There really is a difference between serious historical research and deliberate mythologization. Let us all endeavor to avoid the latter.
Forsyth, Robert. JV 44: The Galland Circus. Burgess Hill, England: Classic Publications, 1996.
Orders of Battle
David Ryan has constructed a new website devoted to unearthing and sharing esoteric details of British and Commonwealth orders of battle from 1939 to 1945. Highly recommended.
Aberdeen Bookstore in Littleton, CO now has an email address: AberdeenTP@aol.com. Say hello and send them our regards.
Articles of War
Having recently updated the inventory at his website, Bob Ruman of Articles of War has now mailed his List #10: World War Two - Axis and Allied. Loads of new books including a good batch of French and German language volumes. Check Bob's online inventory for a complete list of his WWII stock.
Grub Street has mailed its 1997/98 catalog and announced publication dates for several new books, among them some that have been delayed from their originally scheduled dates. Forthcoming:
Avery. Spitfire Leader. Due in May. (Originally announced as Rosie.)
Sheddan. Tempest Pilot. Due in May. Softcover reprint.
Franks. The Greatest Air Battle. Due in May. Softcover reprint.
Franks. Dark Sky, Deep Water: First Hand Recollections of the Anti-U-Boat War in Europe in WWII. Due in May in the UK, June in US.
Rolfe. To Hell and Back: Further Experiences of Bomber Command's War. Due in September.
Duke. Test Pilot. Due in June. Softcover reprint.
Cull and Galea. 249: The Authorised History of the RAF's Top Claiming Squadron of WWII. Due in September.
Boog, Horst, Jurgen Forster, Joachim Hoffmann, Ernst Klink, Rolf-Dieter Muller, and Gerd R. Ueberschar. Germany and the Second World War, volume four: The Attack on the Soviet Union. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997. The fourth volume in the acclaimed series from the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt in Potsdam, Germany, this should prove to be one of the best titles ever produced on the Russian Front. Rescheduled for publication on 20 April. 1400 pages, 11 maps, 23 figures.
Author Mark Yerger reports that Schiffer will be publishing his new tome in October: Waffen-SS Commanders: The Army, Corps and Division Leaders of a Legend, Volume 1: Augsberger - Kreutz.
Catalog 26 from Paul Kisselburg brings his usual excellent assortment of some 700 Second World War titles. Some that stand out:
Benecke. History of German Guided Missiles Development
Blumentritt. Von Rundstedt: The Soldier and the Man
Condit. Case Study in Guerilla War: Greece during World War II
Knox. Mussolini Unleashed
Le Tissier. The Battle of Berlin
Liddell Hart. The Tanks: History of the Royal Tank Regiment
Weinberg. The Foreign Policy of Hitler's Germany. (Two volumes)
Presidio's Spring 1997 catalog lists an ample selection of new and forthcoming WWII-related titles:
Gailey. War in the Pacific. Softcover reprint now available.
O'Kane. Clear the Bridge!. Softcover reprint now available.
Warlimont. Inside Hitler's Headquarters. Softcover repring now available.
Flanagan. Rakkasans: The Combat History of the 187th Airborne Infantry. Now available.
Breuer. Drop Zone Sicily. Softcover reprint now available.
Jensen. Strike Swiftly: The 70th Tank Battalion from North Africa to Normandy to Germany. Now available.
Steidl. Lost Battalions: Going for Broke in the Vosges, Autumn 1944. Due this month.
Fugate and Dvoretsky. Thunder on the Dnepr: Zhukov, Stalin, and the Defeat of Hitler's Blitzkrieg. Due in May.
Tanaka. Go for Broke: A Pictorial History of the Japanese-American 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442d Regimental Combat Team. Due in June.
Mitcham. Eagles of the Third Reich: The Men Who Made the Luftwaffe. Softcover reprint due in June. (Formerly published as Men of the Luftwaffe.)
Mallonee. Battle for Bataan: An Eyewitness Account. Softcover reprint due in July. (Formerly published as The Naked Flagpole.)
Spahr. Stalin's Lieutenants: A Study of Command under Duress. Due in August.
Now available from Naval Institute Press
Poolman, Kenneth. The Winning Edge: Naval Technology in Action, 1939-1945. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997. How rapidly evolving technological innovations shaped the strategy, tactics, and outcome of naval operations.
Battle Books, Inc
Battle Books in Gaithersburg, MD has released its Spring 1997 catalog. This stock is all new books, mostly World War II.
Graham Palmer's World War II Books website has been updated with his latest inventory. There is always something for everyone at this excellent site. This month his featured category is New Zealand, with a fine collection of Kiwi titles covering their operations in Greece and Crete, the Desert, Tunisia, Italy, and the Pacific.
Jensen, Marvin. Strike Swiftly: The 70th Tank Battalion from North Africa to Normandy to Germany. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1997.
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